Sony Interactive Entertainment and Polyphony Digital have announced a closed beta for Gran Turismo Sport. The beta will give players a sneak peek at how Gran Turismo Sport will pave the future of racing, competing in highly competitive races against other users across the country, and eventually, across the globe.
Beta participants will be able to choose from a select rotation of cars and tracks each day to race online against others during the Beta phases. Track and car selections will vary during this period, and there's different race class categories and course configurations to properly test fans' skills.
This will also be the first time users will see how the Driver Profile is integrated within GT Sport. The introduction of Sportsmanship Rating (tracks a player's behavior and manners on-track) and Driver Rating (represents the overall speed of the player and how well they perform in races) will ensure those that race online will be equally matched, naturally creating a balanced group of competitive drivers for every race.
The closed beta begins on the 17th of March. During its initial phase, the beta will only be open to selected US PSN IDs. After this initial phase, the beta will be opened to European players.
In addition, Sony Interactive Entertainment and TAG Heuer announced a partnership for Gran Turismo Sport. With this partership, the Swiss watch manufacturer company make an appearance in the game as the official time keeper.
"Tag Heuer who have been making history in partnership with the shining legends of motorsports such as Steve McQueen, Ayrton Senna and Red Bull Racing, is a perfect project partner for Gran Turismo Sport, which aims to redefine the next 100 years of motorsport history. I am certain that the live timing technology of Tag Heuer will bring a level of reality to Gran Turismo Sport equal to the real world motorsport. In addition, this project will be a great opportunity to bring a breakthrough in new technology and design to the future of the Connected watch, which is a crossroad for watches and software technology," said Producer Kazunori Yamauchi.
Gran Turismo Sport releases this year on PS4.
Source: PlayStation Blog